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Jul 21, 1998
| ISBN 9780345424495
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Jul 21, 1998 | ISBN 9780345424495
A comprehensive episode-by-episode guide to the third exciting season of Babylon 5!Babylon 5: Point of No Return begins with a fascinating look at another innovation for the already groundbreaking series—its pioneering use of computer generated special effects. Jane Killick’s behind-the-scenes chronicle reveals how effects master Ron Thornton and his Foundation Imaging team made B5 the first TV show to create all of its breathtaking special effects exclusively through computer graphics, from spaceships and planets to galactic battles. In addition, Babylon 5’s third season guide presents a thrilling summation of the series major turning point: the chain of events that would culminate in the devastating Shadow War. And of course, episode-by-episode summaries—with Killick’s comprehensive analysis—cover all of the third season’s twenty-two shows, including “Matters of Honor,” “Point of No Return,” “Ship of Tears,” and the stunning finale, “Z’ha’dum.”Veteran viewers or first-time fans, relive the adventure—or find out what you’ve been missing—with the complete companions to Babylon 5!
J. Michael Straczynski is one of the most prolific and highly regarded writers currently working in the television industry. In 1995 he was selected by Newsweek magazine as one of their Fifty for the Future, described as innovators who will… More about Jane Killick
Through trial and error (and books I won’t name) I learned a hard lesson: don’t do books unless the source material is good. Books based on movies and television have to stand on their own, entertain without the benefit of a screen. Exciting characters, action, mystery, political intrigue, technology, race relations, romance–excellent fiction incorporates all of the genres. With Babylon 5, the series had been envisioned as a five-year epic, and that epic sports one helluva backstory. That backstory has held the attention of millions of viewers for five seasons–these are dedicated and constant supporters.All well and good, but I’d been stung before. Initially, I was skeptical. It wasn’t until I visited the Babylon 5 studios, met with series creator J.Michael Straczynski, watched the actors at work, that I saw the creative spirit that drove them. The hours they put in are painful to watch. I’m pretty sure Straczynski doesn’t actually sleep–he wrote the lion’s share of the episodes, including two that won Hugo Awards. So I was convinced. Now we’ve got four million hard-core viewers to convert. At least we know the target audience. –Steve Saffel, Senior Editor
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